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synonyms for burn the candle at both ends

  • bite off more than one can chew
  • go to extremes
  • go too far
  • keep one's nose to the grindstone
  • overdo
  • overextend oneself
  • slave
  • spread oneself too thin
  • stay on the treadmill
  • take on too much
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There was a rumor that Alessandro and his father had both died; but no one knew anything certainly.
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You need but will, and it is done; but if you relax your efforts, you will be ruined; for ruin and recovery are both from within.
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Truth is a torch, but one of enormous size; so that we slink past it in rather a blinking fashion for fear it should burn us.
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Under the one-sixth they appear as slender, highly refractive fibers with double contour and, often, curled or split ends.
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We prefer the American volume of Hochelaga to the Canadian one, although both are highly interesting.
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On the thirteenth of the same month they bound to the stake, in order to burn alive, a man who had two religious in his house.
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The bride elect rushes up to him, and so they both step down to the foot-lights.
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If you throw away this chance, you will both richly deserve to be hanged, as I sincerely trust you will be.
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Eggs and nestlings were found lying on the bare soil at the inner ends of the burrows; no nesting material was found.
SUMMER BIRDS FROM THE YUCATAN PENINSULAERWIN E. KLAAS
The inner ends of the burrows were enlarged with a depression in the floor, where the eggs were laid.
SUMMER BIRDS FROM THE YUCATAN PENINSULAERWIN E. KLAAS
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